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A long time ago, we remember having pins to support the Aloha Festivals The pins were bought in advance as well as at the activities and entitled one to admission to events.
More recently, we noticed pins sold in public garden gift shops as a collectible item. In another case, pins were given as a membership memento.
A year ago, Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens began efforts to have a pin made based on our logo. That pin went on sale in the fall at the Queen’s birthday festival, He Hali`a Aloha No Lili`uokalani.
Pins are available for sale in advance of the Banyan Drive Art Stroll at Banyan Gallery. During Saturday’s event, pins will be available at the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lobby lounge where the silent auction will be set up, at the photo exhibit in Hilo Bay Cafe, and in the Palm Room of the Grand Naniloa Resort.
Please help support Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens.
The fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, January 11.
(Thursday 1/9) UPDATE: rain or shine, the indoor events will be held. Stormy weather may impact the plein air artist demonstration in Lili`uokalani Gardens, but all other events will continue.
Harry Wishard of the Wishard Gallery in North Kohala, was the judge for the fourth annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll competition on the theme of “Joy in the Gardens.”
Taking first place is “Under the Banyan Tree” a watercolor by Ron Louie. “Favorite Spot” Louie’s work in 2019 took People’s Choice and is featured on the 2020 brochure and flyer.
“Under the Banyan Tree” showed a mastery of the quick, unforgiving execution of watercolors,” said Wishard.
Second place goes to “Reflections” by Craig Allen Lawver and third to “Garden of Love” by Stephen Davies.
Works selected for the judged exhibit will be on display in the Palm Room on the lobby level of the Grand Naniloa Resort Saturday, January 11. Voting for People’s Choice will take place there from noon until 6:00 p.m.
Harry Wishard was born and raised on the island of Hawai`i. His uncle Lloyd Sexton led him into the life of an artist at an early age. He has painted daily for more than 50 years.
Wishard spoke of several factors in making his decision from the entries. “First was their adherence to the theme. Then there was their skill level in their chosen medium.”
The Banyan Drive Art Stroll is organized by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens and The Banyan Gallery. Held on the second Saturday in January, the noon to 6 p.m. event features plein air demonstrations in the gardens from noon to 3 p.m., a judged photographers exhibit at Hilo Bay Café through 4:30 p.m., gyotaku presentation at Suisan Fish Market at 3 p.m., block printing demonstration with Bob Douglas at Pandamonia’s Paleta Palace in Ali`i Ice, live entertainment, a silent auction, and additional indoor art demonstrations.
Grand prize presentation for the photographer’s exhibit will be at 1:30 p.m. The grand prize is a doors-off helicopter ride with Mick Kalber and Bruce Omori aboard Paradise Helicopters. Voting for People’s Choice Award in the photographer’s section will continue until 4:30 p.m.
Featured plein air artists in Lili`uokalani Gardens include Marilyn Montgomery, Crystal Nylin, William Wingert, Kevin Spitze, Amy Markham, Bonnie Sol, Abbie Rabb, Christine Ahia, and others.
Sakiko Shinkai, who studied at the Studio Incamminati Fine Art in Philadelphia and Kyoto Tachibana Women’s University, will demonstrate portrait painting in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa from 3 to 5 p.m. Patti Pease Johnson will demonstrate pastels in the same space from 1 to 3 p.m.
Featured artists in the Palm Room at the Grand Naniloa Resort include: Ron Louie, Craig Allen Lawver, Stephen Davies, Faith Cloud, Kornelius Schorle, Rodney Rauch, Raleigh Timmins, Patti Pease Johnson, K.T. Cannon-Eger, Bonnie Sol, Vivian Ursula Bratton, Suzanne Hutchins, and Melanie Pruitt.
Award presentation for judged works will take place in The Palm Room at 4 p.m. People’s Choice ballots may be cast until 6 p.m.
“Painting with Light” a fused glass demonstration by Ronni Barbula will take place in the Wai`oli Lounge on the lobby level of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel from noon to 5 p.m. A Silent Auction will be held in the same space.
Live entertainment includes outdoor performances by Puna Taiko, opening the event at noon. Hawaiian music is featured at the Grand Naniloa Resort lobby lounge starting with Randy Lorenzo and Friends at noon followed by the Kalapana Awa Band at 2 p.m. Closing the event with the 4 to 6 p.m. time slot will be Christy Lassiter. Emcees are Ku`ehu Mauga and Holly K with sound by Pepe Romero. (UPDATED 1/9)
Appetizers will be served at different times at each location to patrons of the event wearing the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens logo pin. Pins are available for $5 at Banyan Gallery, Hilo Bay Café, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, and the Grand Naniloa Resort. Door prize registration is at Banyan Gallery where a wall of the gallery will feature art from Lili`uokalani Gardens.
A brochure listing all events and times with a map to all sites will be available throughout the peninsula.
For up to date information on the schedule, please see the 4th annual Banyan Drive Art Stroll event on the Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens Facebook page.
The other evening, after a long day cleaning the gardens, we were loading up the truck when a car of young people pulled in to the space next to us. They exited their car holding adult beverages and lit cigarettes.
As they headed toward the large picnic table at the old sumo ring pavilion in Lili`uokalani Gardens, I said, “Excuse me. You might like to know that this is a no smoking park.”
“Oh, sorry,” they replied. “I never saw a sign.”
Lili`uokalani Gardens also is an alcohol-free park as is true of many other public areas. For example, a total of 19 areas in North and South Kona either require a permit or prohibit all consumption of alcohol outright. According to an article in West Hawaii Today, “People found drinking in parks and beaches in violation of the county code can be cited for a petty misdemeanor, which is punishable with up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.”
Here is the sign people drive past in order to get to the picnic table in the old sumo ring pavilion. $100 for each smoking offense and $1,000 for littering.
Do you really need a sign to tell you how to behave in a public park? Here is one from another district.
Do you really need a sign to tell you to pick up after your dog?
Do you really need a sign to tell you carving or painting on public property isn’t a good idea?
Come on people!
Phoenix, Arizona’s Japanese Friendship Garden has strengthened ties with their Sister City Himeji. Adjacent to the famous Himeji castle is Koko-en, a collection of nine gardens built in 1992 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the municipality. The walled gardens cover approximately 8.65 acres. Koko-en was designed by Professor Makoto Nakamura of Kyoto University. The garden was built by Hanatoyo Landscape of Kyoto.
Ro Ho En was a cooperative effort between Himeji and Phoenix.
1987: Delegation from Himeji, Japan proposed that a Japanese Friendship Garden be constructed in the Central City.
1990: City of Himeji Landscape Architects visited Phoenix to present the design for the Japanese Friendship Garden.
2000: Completion of construction of the Japanese Friendship Garden.
2002: Garden opened to Public.
[information from the Ro Ho En web site ]
A modest illumination of Lili`uokalani Gardens will take place on Christmas eve from sundown until 9:00 p.m.
If you wish to help with placement of lights, come to the old sumo ring pavilion near the tea house at 4:00 p.m.
Purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955, following divorce from her third husband, Hillwood is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue in NW Washington, D.C. During her lifetime, Hillwood became a place to showcase her collections, particularly Russian imperial art, and became a legendary social venue.
Surrounding the Georgian mansion are several gardens: a cutting garden, a four seasons garden, a putting green, French parterre, lunar lawn, and a Japanese-style garden.
“She hired prominent landscape architects Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel to expand the existing gardens,” the web site notes. “Thirteen acres of formal gardens extend from the house’s terraces and porches in a progression of outdoor rooms.” (from the Hillwood web site)
“Designed by Shogo Myaida and clearly reflecting Marjorie Post’s love of collecting decorative objects, this non-traditional Japanese garden offers action and intrigue instead of opportunities for contemplative meditation found in other Japanese gardens. ”
“Myaida began his career working in an architectural firm in New York and soon began to build a network of influential people who were able to help him to find bigger and better jobs. A friend at the New York Botanical Garden helped him to get a job rehabilitating the grounds of a girls college in Georgia. Later, he went to Florida and worked for several well known architects in Palm Beach, where he first met Marjorie Merriweather Post, the cereal heiress, whose magnificent homes in Palm Beach and Washington D.C. were legendary. Myaida went back to Long Island in 1926 where he worked for a large landscape contractor, creating and improving many private gardens.
“During the Great Depression he scraped by, gardening and, in the winter, selling manure for mulch and sharing rent and food with fellow workers. “For many days,” he remembered, “we had rice and a big iron pot full of split pea soup on a big old coal stove in the kitchen.”
“In 1938, recovered from the depression years, he supervised the landscape design for the New York World’s Fair Japanese Garden and was in charge of its maintenance during the run of the fair. He married his young American secretary and bookkeeper in 1941, “and shortly after Japanese started to fight with America. We had quite a time. The FBI came over and check all my house and everything I had and they said that as long as I stayed in Albertson (New York) I do not need to go to Ellis Island.” He found jobs working in greenhouses during the war, and “then when the war was over, and get freer so I started designing gardens all around again.
“In 1952, Myaida read in a newspaper that Japanese-born people could become American citizens, and he applied for and received American citizenship. Shortly afterward Mrs. Post’s landscape architect contacted him about doing a Japanese garden at Hillwood, Mrs. Post’s 25 acre estate in Washington D.C. Myaida modestly remembered that the garden was “quite good,” and then added, “supposed to be one of the best on the East Coast.” Today the estate is a museum and garden, open to the public, and Myaida’s beautiful garden is in the process of restoration.”
*Much of information in this article, and all of the direct quotes, are from the transcript of an interview conducted with Shogo Myaida on July 10, 1988 by Dorothy Rony, New York Chinatown History Project; Lorie Kitazano, Queens college, Asian History Studies; and Lily Y. Kiyasu, Garden City, New York.
(from “A Trunk Full of Stories” by the Japanese American National Museum)
Shogo Myaida papers are housed in the collection of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
For more information, go to the estate web site or phone 202.686.5807.
Continuing tales of travel to Japanese-style gardens outside of Japan.
Down path, through a gate and into a century-old Japanese garden.
For more information, visit the Maymont web site.
Items offered by Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens include the last of our centennial Tee shirts and tote bags.
New items include the 2020 photography calendar, collector pin, and limited edition ornament.
Friends of Lili`uokalani Gardens is a 501(c)3 non-profit, mailing address: P. O. Box 5147, Hilo HI 96720.
Now that the annual Na Makua Christmas Gift Fair is over, those of you interested in pins, ornaments, calendars, tee shirts and tote bags may find them at Banyan Gallery on Banyan Drive in Hilo. Calendars are available at KTA Superstores in downtown Hilo and at Puainako as well as at Basically Books.